Abuja: Traditional Ruler supports drug test policy for intending couples

Salihu Ali, Abuja

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The Traditional ruler of Abaji and Chairman, Federal Capital Territory, FCT Council of Chiefs in Abuja, Nigeria‘s capital, Adamu Yunusa has directed the immediate implementation of a drug integrity test policy that will ensure intending couples present a certificate of fitness before being joined in holy matrimony.

He gave the directive to the Chief Imam of Abaji and his Council of Chiefs when the Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Mohamed Buba Marwa paid him a War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, advocacy visit in his palace.

The Chief of Abaji said prior to Marwa’s assumption of office, the drug menace in Nigeria was a huge problem ravaging young men and women including couples who were supposed to be enjoying their marital lives.

“Your coming on board as the head of NDLEA has brought some succour.”

The NDLEA boss who congratulated the monarch on his 25th anniversary on the throne and on upholding the tradition and culture of his kingdom commended the royal father for his unflinching support for NDLEA and the fight against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in the country.

The traditional institution is a very important stakeholder because the traditional institution exists across every part of our society, all the way to the grassroots. It is for this reason, we would like to appeal to His Royal Highness who already has been at the forefront of tackling drug abuse to continue and intensify these efforts to set up a WADA committee in Abaji kingdom that will report directly to him and down to the small communities.

“I would like to also appeal that due to increasing cases of women suffering from domestic violence fuelled by drug abuse by their husbands and vice versa, we embrace drug tests for intending couples the same way they do HIV/AIDS and genotype tests even though there are no laws making that compulsory.

This is why we say both husband and wife should also show drug-free certificates before being joined and if any of them tests positive, he or she can be taken for treatment before the wedding is done to avoid unpleasant incidents that we see in recent times,” Marwa added.

As a mark of honour and to further encourage the NDLEA boss, the monarch conferred on him the chieftaincy title of Santuraki of Abaji Kingdom.

He promised to promote the drug integrity test advocacy of the Agency in addition to other ongoing drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction efforts.




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